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  • Presentation  |   2012

    Expanding Regional Connectivity in Asia and the Pacific

    Author(s): Ruddy, Michael

    This is the presentation on "Expanding regional connectivity in Asia and the Pacific" by Mr. Michael Ruddy, Director of International Research, Terabit Consulting, delivered during Regional Expert Consultation on Connecting Asia-Pacific's Digital Society for Building Resilience held in Colombo, Sri Lanka on 5-6 September 2012. ICT...

  • Report  |   2012

    Liability and Compensation for Ship-Source Oil Pollution: An Overview of the International Legal Framework for Oil Pollution Damage from Tankers- Studies in Transport Law and Policy- 2012 No. 1

    Author(s): Asariotis, Regina ; Lavelle, Jennifer ; Benamara, Hassiba ; Premti, Anila

    The report provides a detailed analytical overview of the existing legal framework and considers the potential benefits of accession to the most modern legal instruments in the field, which may offer Contracting States substantial compensation in case of an oil spill in their territorial waters or Exclusive Economic Zone. Trade Transport...

  • Report  |   2012

    Infrastructure for Asian Connectivity

    Author(s): Bhattacharyay, Biswa Nath ; Kawai, Masahiro ; Nag, Rajat M

    This book addresses the prospects and challenges concerning both soft and hard infrastructure development in Asia and provides a framework for achieving Asian connectivity through regional infrastructure cooperation towards a seamless Asia. Key topics include:- demand estimates of national and regional infrastructure in transport, electricity,...

  • Report  |   2012

    Regional Cooperation and Integration through Cross-Border Infrastructure Development in South Asia: Impact on Poverty

    Author(s): Srinivasan, P.V.

    This paper examines the poverty reduction potential of regional cooperation in cross-border infrastructure within South Asia and identifies priority areas for intervention. It analyzes the direct links between cross-border infrastructure and beneficial impacts on poverty such as improved access to markets, health services, and education and the...

  • Report  |   2012

    Trade and Trade Facilitation in the Greater Mekong Subregion

    Author(s): Srivastava, Pradeep ; Kumar, Utsav

    The Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS) Program, with support from the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and other development partners, has scored impressive gains in promoting regional connectivity over the past 2 decades. Efforts have also been made to strengthen institutions and policies for trade and transport facilitation to increase the impact of...

  • Report  |   2012

    UNASUR- Infrastructure for Regional Integration

    Author(s): United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean

    This document is the second in a series prepared by the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) and the General Secretariat of UNASUR in the framework of intensive collaboration between the two bodies. Its main purpose is to provide national and subnational government authorities, the academic and business sectors, and the...

  • Report  |   2012

    Greater Mekong Subregion Power Trade and Interconnection

    Author(s): Asian Development Bank

    This publication is a historical summary of progress made in energy cooperation in the GMS since the beginning of the economic cooperation program in 1992. It highlights a two-pronged and phased approach to develop the GMS power market to realize the full benefits of synchronous operations- the policy and institutional framework to promote power...

  • Report  |   2012

    Cost-Benefit Analysis for Regional Infrastructure in Water and Power Sectors in Southern Africa

    Author(s): United Nations Economic Commission for Africa

    This report presents the output of an analytical study of Cost-benefit analysis (CBA) and key issues and challenges of regional infrastructure development in the Southern African subregion. It aims to inform decision makers and guide investment in regional infrastructure projects in the SADC region and offer general policy advice. The report is...

  • Report  |   2012

    Why Does Cargo Spend Weeks in Sub-Saharan African Ports? Lessons from Six Countries

    Author(s): Beuran, Monica ; Isik, Gozde ; Raballand, Gael J. R. F. ; Refas, Salim

    This study is timely because several investments are planned for container terminals in Sub-Saharan Africa. From a public policy perspective, disentangling the reasons behind cargo delays in ports is crucial to understanding:a) whether projects by the World Bank and other donors have addressed the most salient problems; and b) whether...

  • Report  |   2012

    The Role of Regulatory Governance in Driving PPPs in Electricity Transmission and Distribution in Developing Countries

    Author(s): Vagliasindi, Maria

    This paper presents new global evidence on the key determinants of public-private partnership investment in electricity transmission and distribution, based on a panel data analysis of 105 developin countries over a period of 16 years from 1993 to 2008. It aims to identify the key factors affecting the private investor's decision to enter...

  • Report  |   2012

    The Role of Policy Driven Incentives to Attract PPPs in Renewable-Based Energy in Developing Countries: A Cross-Country Analysis

    Author(s): Vagliasindi, Maria

    This paper presents new global evidence on the key determinants of public-private partnership investment in electricity generated by renewable energy based on a panel data analysis for 105 developing countries over a period of 16 years from 1993 to 2008. It aims to identify the key factors affecting the private investor's decision to enter...

  • Report  |   2012

    The Impact of Demand on Cargo Dwell Time in Ports in SSA

    Author(s): Beuran, Monica ; Mahihenni, Mohamed Hadi ; Raballand, Gael ; Refas, Salim

    Long cargo dwell times in ports are a critical issue in Sub-Saharan African countries since they result in slow import processes and are bound to dramatically reduce trade. The main objective of this study is to analyze long dwell times' causes in ports in Sub-Saharan Africa from a shipper's perspective. The findings point to the...

  • Report  |   2012

    Logistics Costs and Competitiveness: Measurement and Trade Policy Applications

    Author(s): Shepherd, Ben

    This paper examines the issue of measuring logistics costs from an applied trade policy research perspective, and identifies/maps the logistics-intensive sectors. It explores into a range of data sources and methodologies in an effort to move forward on the analysis of logistics costs from a trade policy research perspective. Going forward, it...

  • Report  |   2012

    Risk-Based Compliance Management: Making it Work in Border Management Agencies

    Author(s): World Bank Group

    The World Bank's publication Border Management Modernization (2011) provides policymakers and reformers with a comprehensive 'whole of government' perspective on improving trade facilitation through better border management. This reference and implementation guide has been developed to supplement the information provided in the...

  • Report  |   2012

    Borderless Bazaars and Regional Integration in Central Asia: Emerging Patterns of Trade and Cross-Border Cooperation

    Author(s): Kaminski, Bartlomiej ; Mitra, Saumya

    Local populations' economic opportunities can be enhanced through special arrangements governing movement of people and goods in neighboring areas. For instance, in the Tajikistan-Uzbekistan border-crossing points (BCPs), preferential treatment accorded to residents in contiguous regions varies from one BCP to another, even within one...

  • Report  |   2012

    Collaborative Border Management: A New Approach to an Old Problem

    Author(s): McLinden, Gerard

    Border clearance processes are among the most problematic links in the global supply chain and frequently undermine national competitiveness by increasing the cost of exports and reducing reliability of supply. As a result, securing meaningful reform of border management procedures has become an important issue for the development community....

  • Report  |   2012

    Counting the Costs of Compliance with Trade Requirements from a Value Chain Perspective: Evidence from Southern Africa

    Author(s): Keyser, John

    This note uses a value chain perspective to show how the cost of complying with regional trade requirements affects agriculture competitiveness and rural incomes. On the one hand, phytosanitary rules, product standards, and certification procedures are important to protect human, animal, and plant health. These requirements also help to improve...

  • Report  |   2012

    Kenya: Adaptable Program Lending for Infrastructure Finance and Public-Private Partnership Project

    Author(s): World Bank Group

    This World Bank project appraisal document discusses an example of how the World Bank used its technical assistance loans to support the Infrastructure Finance and Public-Private Partnership Project in Kenya. The overall objective of this $40 million loan is to increase private investment in Kenya’s infrastructure, and to sustain private sector...

  • Report  |   2012

    Project Appraisal Document on a Proposed Grant for Kenya: Adaptable Program Lending for Infrastructure Finance and Public-Private Partnership Project

    Author(s): World Bank Group

    This World Bank project appraisal document discusses an example of how the World Bank used its technical assistance loans to support the Infrastructure Finance and Public-Private Partnership Project in Kenya. The overall objective of this $40 million loan is to increase private investment in Kenya’s infrastructure, and to sustain private sector...

  • Report  |   2012

    Handbook of Best Practices at Border Crossing- A Trade and Transport Facilitation Perspective

    Author(s): United Nations Economic Commission for Europe

    The OSCE-UNECE Handbook of Best Practices at Border Crossings – A Trade and Transport Facilitation Perspective offers a unique opportunity for countries both in and beyond the OSCE/UNECE region to develop border and customs policies that increase security and more efficiently facilitate international trade and transport. Trade Transport United...

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